The Lewis MacAdams Prize

In honor of Lewis MacAdams (1944–2020), founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River, the LA River Public Art Project is launching The Lewis MacAdams Prize.

The Lewis MacAdams Prize is initiated in the daunting time of the COVID- 19 pandemic, which has all too pointedly brought home the need for equitable community experiences of public art and culture. This year, our prompt is to imagine the LA River—Los Angeles’ most connected open space—as a public art destination.

Through an open call, we invite artists, designers, and makers at all career stages to submit their ‘blue sky’ projects. The Lewis MacAdams Prize is a $500 award. A special prize of $150 will be awarded to emerging artists 18-years-old and younger. Three honorable mentions will be recognized. All proposals will be publicly presented. This is an ideas competition. Deadline is July 20, 2020. Projects will not be produced by the LA River Public Art Project. As such, money is no object; no permits required. Select a site anywhere along the 51-mile length of the river.

THE PRIZE

  • One Lewis MacAdams Prize of $500 will be awarded.
  • One Emerging Artist Prize of $150 will be awarded.
  • Three honorable mentions will be recognized.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

July 20, 2020, midnight PDT

DATE OF NOTIFICATION

August 3, 2020

ELIGIBILITY

This call is open to all artists, designers, and makers at all career stages. A special prize will be awarded to emerging artists 18-years-old and younger.

CONCEPT

This is an ideas competition. Money’s no object. No permits required.

Select a site anywhere along the 51-mile length of the river.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

SUBMIT your concept in one file, up to 10MB.

FORMATS ACCEPTED pdf, jpeg, mov, or personal url link.

  • Include a description of the project (250-word maximum).
  • Contact information must NOT be visible on submittal file.

TRANSMIT via email to lmprize@lariverpublicartproject.org. Include your name, mailing address, and phone number on the cover email.

JURY

Iris Anna Regn is an award-winning designer and creative strategist working with the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as Civic Art Project Manager, Special Projects.

Sandy Rodriguez’ artworks explores intersections of history, social memory, contemporary politics, and cultural production. She is the recipient of the 2020  Caltech Huntington Art + Research Fellowship.

Hamza Walker is the Executive Director of LAXART, a nonprofit art space in LA, and an adjunct professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Diane Matyas is a New York visual artist with a career in museum leadership, exhibition development, art education, and public programming.